Just a quick shout-out to the crew at Developer's Express for their recent, and seemingly transparent-as-they-can-be, road map post. Julian Bucknall, the author, left an insightful comment on my Delphi upgrade perspective post a while back. I found it especially interesting because it shows in part the implications of non-transparency, especially among mutually-dependent firms. It's nice to see some of the major players in the community laying out their intentions more openly. Frankly, I think there's enough risk in technology development investments as it is --- why do we need to add to it with non-visible intentions?
I remember not that many years ago, when DevExpress was an absolute black box when it came to such matters -- you really, as a customer, had no idea where they were going to invest their efforts. Thankfully, those days are no more, for an increasing number of vendors.
Thanks for that, Julian and the rest of the DevExpress team over there -- it's appreciated.